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Apr 6, 2022

A Wheelchair Accessible Disability Bus

Today, a wheelchair accessible bus was handed over to the Disabilities Desk within the Ministry of Human Development by a recently established business process outsourcing company in Belize City.  News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

From a cursory look, it may seem like just another bus used for public transportation. But it’s not. Today, a wheelchair accessible disability bus was acquired to assist those who may need transportation services across the city and in times of disaster. Disability Desk Coordinator Marshall Nunez says it is a giant step into the inclusion of persons living with disabilities.

 

Marshall Nunez, Disability Desk Coordinator

Marshall Nunez

“This bus is the property of the government of Belize, but more important than that, it is the property that will assist persons who are living with disability across this country. It is really a distinct honor to have this handing over here today. I am absolutely excited because our people with disability are going to benefit from it tremendously. Earlier, I mentioned NEMO. When there is a pending storm, the bus will be fully commandeered by NEMO because we have to be very cognizant of transporting and evacuating people who are living with disability. There is a process, we are working right now in trying to come up with a data base so we can geo map the people who need it, inclusive of identifying the shelters that are accessible with the ramps and wheelchair accessible bathrooms. But that is a part of the ongoing plan.”

 

All agencies who work with persons living with disabilities will also have access to the bus. The donation was made by Customer HD, six months after setting up a BPO on Coney Drive in Belize City.

 

Jonathan Keane

Jonathan Keane, Customer HD

“For both Joe and I, there is a strong link to persons and children with disabilities and one of our goals is to demonstrate that in our company. So it was really a privilege for us to met Marshall Nunez and Evan Cowo. When we asked him what his priority was, he mentioned that it was a wheelchair accessible van. We didn’t hesitate to discuss and approve it; I can remember the conversation on the way home. We were both very excited about it. Impact is very important to us at Customer HD and what we can truly do to help people and that’s what excited us the most about this.”

 

A bus that is accessible to persons with disability and with wheelchairs is a dream come true. Minister Dolores Balderamos Garcia speaks to the importance of partnerships like these.

 

Dolores Balderamos-Garcia, Minister of Human Development, Families & Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs

Dolores Balderamos-Garcia

“You hear the word donor, but these people are partners. We consider them partners. The government could never do everything. The Special Envoy is wonderful; she is an excellent advocate, but we could never do enough for all the needs of our country. So I just want to say a huge thank you to the company, Customer HD that has donated this very useful piece of equipment for us and it is beautifully painted as you can see.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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